Sculpted Words

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Six stanzas and an envoi. The dizzying pattern that set my path straight. I first came across the sestina in an Intro to Poetry class at Black Hawk College. The assignment read as… Continue reading

Professor Barb Lawhorn & Alum Connor Sullivan Lead Literacy Project

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For eight years, Western Illinois University Associate Professor of English Barbara Lawhorn has shared the love of literacy and WIU with area school children, with her English 100 students writing letters of inspiration… Continue reading

My Life in Four Books: Katya Kozhukhova

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1) What book was most important to you in high school? Why?  The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. I don’t know where I got the idea that this book was forbidden;… Continue reading

What I’ve Learned about Simpkins Hall

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I am very fond of Simpkins Hall. It’s full of quirks and personality, and now that I don’t spend much time there, I miss it like crazy. In the past year, it has… Continue reading

SIGMA TAU DELTA COMMON READER EVENT

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With the upcoming Sigma Tau Delta 2022 International Convention, the Phi Delta chapter hosted a discussion event for the Common Reader novel, Dear Martin by Nic Stone. In consideration of the restraints of… Continue reading

English Major Profile: Connor Sullivan (B.A. 2021)

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Connor Sullivan majored in English Education. He currently teaches at the West Prairie Junior/Senior High School in Sciota, Illinois. M&L: Why did you choose to major in English at Western? I chose a… Continue reading

English Major Profile: Zee Almutairi (B.A. 2012)

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Zee Almutairi majored in English, with a particular focus on theory and culture. He went on to earn an M.A. in Political Science from Western and then attended the University of Iowa Law… Continue reading

Meet Visiting Assistant Professor Matt Gilchrist

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Dr. Matt Gilchrist is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the English Department at Western and he is serving this year as the Director of the Writing Program. He earned his Ph.D. at The… Continue reading

My Life in Four Books: Alisha White

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1) What book was most important to you in high school? Why? In tenth grade we read several books and stories from our anthology that really grabbed me, and I found I liked… Continue reading

My Life in Four Books: Mark Mossman

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1) What book was most important to you in high school? Why?  I don’t remember the actual title, but it was an anthology of American Literature that I had the third and fourth… Continue reading